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Brief Course Description.
Frame Drums 101 is a comprehensive Frame Drum course in the Glen Velez style taught by world-renowned performer and teacher Yousif Sheronick.  The course covers both Lap Style and Hand Held playing with 7 hours of instructional video and over 40 PDF worksheets which contain all of the exercises and grooves from the course.  The video lessons are divided into 5 groups: Guided Technique Instruction, Warm Up Exercises, Call and Response Sessions, Ratio Exercises and Grooves.  

Is this course right for me?
This course should be titled Frame Drums 101, 201 and 301!  Beginners as well as players with decades of experience are enrolled and improving their playing.  Yousif's teaching method consistently addresses all levels of players.  From tone production to strength building, playing "melodically" to odd time signatures; Yousif keeps all players engaged, even when playing warm up exercises.  You'll learn the same exercises he uses every morning to warm up his hands, gain speed, accuracy and control.    

What material can I view and when?
Upon enrollment you have instant access to ALL 7 hours of videos and PDFs.  You can watch whatever you like, whenever you like.  Keep to Yousif's step-by-step curriculum or jump around the course videos as you wish.  

How does the monthly payment plan work?
With the monthly plan you are paying for one month (30 or 31 days) of access to the entire course.  You can start anytime.  Monthly subscriptions rebill on the anniversary of your start date.  For instance, if you enroll on April 15th you will have access through May 14th. You are free to watch all the videos and download the PDF worksheets anytime during that month.  The subscription renews after one month unless you cancel.  Once you cancel you can still view the videos until that current month of access has ended.  The downloaded PDF worksheets you can keep forever.  

Why take THIS course?  
Excellent question!  Yousif’s master plan is to make you a well-rounded musician.  You won’t simply be given a series of strokes that make up a groove.  You will learn to play musically, to be able to pull “melodies” out of those grooves, to have solid internal rhythm and a greater ability to play in odd time signatures.  Yousif moves your thought process away from the analytical side of the brain and to the creative, stripping away numbers (math!) and replacing them with South Indian vocal cycles.  Using ratio exercises will transform your perception of time and get you to feel at ease with odd time signatures.  You will learn base patterns first before filling up those grooves with embellishments.  This will bring out the melodies in those grooves and transform you from a drummer into a musician!  

How are the sessions organized?
The first 6 sessions are on Lap Style playing and the second 6 are on Hand Held. The course curriculum is a step-by-step process.  It starts from the basics of holding the drum and playing basic strokes, then moves to Advanced Techniques such as Split Hand Technique, Snapping, Glen Velez Fast Fingerings, and playing with a brush in the left hand.  Having studied and worked with master frame drummer Glen Velez for 27 years, Yousif's teaching utilizes both South Indian vocalizations and the Glen Velez Handance method of stepping, playing and vocalizing simultaneously.   

Is there a solo I can play after completing the course?  
Yes!  Yousif composed a solo titled “Manhattan Ave. for Solo Frame Drum” using material learned directly from the course.  This is a wonderful goal to showcase what you have learned in Frame Drums 101.  The sheet music is not included in the monthly plan but is free as an added benefit to the yearly plan.  

Drum Suggestions:
Looking to purchase a drum? I highly recommend the Cooperman Glen Velez series Frame Drums.  They are lighter in weight and have a deep shell which makes both Hand Held and Lap Style playing much more comfortable.  A 15" Tar is a good all around drum to start with.  The 20" Bodhran is brilliant for Lap Style playing.  You can purchase drums directly from our duoJalal linked store.  


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Course Reviews:

5 star rating

Yousif Sheronick delivers an educational goldmine with hi...

John Marshall

I cannot convey how much I am enjoying Yousif Sheronick's Frame Drums 101. I would heartily recommend it to all of my students--and it's not just an undertak...

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I cannot convey how much I am enjoying Yousif Sheronick's Frame Drums 101. I would heartily recommend it to all of my students--and it's not just an undertaking for beginners.....Never mind that I've been playing frame drums for decades, there's lots in this course that can inspire me and help to me to create improved clarity of pulse, execution and sound production... In my opinion, this course is a documentation of the frame drum gharana as created by Glen Velez, but with one important addition: the added distillation of Yousif Sheronick's skilled interpretation and digestion. A big thank you, Yousif... John Marshall, Composer, Author, Performing/Teaching Artist, Director: Rhythmic Integration Center

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Frame Drums 101 - Highly Recommend!

Rashaad Greene

From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed my time working through Yousif's frame drum course. I made so many connections to my percussion playing and especi...

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From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed my time working through Yousif's frame drum course. I made so many connections to my percussion playing and especially my drum set playing (and compositions). I would often find myself taking the learned frame drum grooves and coming up will different ways to make drum set grooves. The ratios are immensely helpful and eye-opening - particularly for soloing and composing - and I cannot wait to truly solidify them. I was actually performing in an odd-meter-themed jazz combo this semester, so I applied much of the instruction towards that field of music. I also recorded myself performing all of the worksheet exercises - mainly for myself, but also if you wanted to see a progression of sorts. I kind of wanted to make one culmination video that shows progress from the first day to the last day. Constructive Criticism: Personally, I like to know how am I progressing when I am learning a new skill. In regards to fundamentals and technique, this is very important to me because I understand that developing bad techniques over time will result in negative repercussions. In addition, it is typically more difficult to break old habits and then create new ones. That being said, I would have appreciated having some form of progression check along the way. I do not know how feasible this would be on the instructor or student side given the online situation, but having it would make me feel more secure about my learning process. Overall, I found the lessons to be presented well. Yousif is repetitive and clear with the music patterns and instructions. The lessons were presented in a way that I believe does work for people of various skill levels (I am a percussionist, so that might be a little biased). If Yousif creates other types of lessons in the future, then I will definitely be looking into them!

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Fantastic Course!

Nienke Berghuis

I am so glad I took this course! I really like Yousif's teaching style... Very clear, easy to understand and follow yet challenging enough, well structured, ...

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I am so glad I took this course! I really like Yousif's teaching style... Very clear, easy to understand and follow yet challenging enough, well structured, great pace, time to practice and play along while reading the notes on the screen, great learning platform, and good quality videos. I learned so much in such a short amount of time... lap style, hand held style, different rhythms, techniques, vocalisations, and so much more! I loved the 'groove basket' too, which contains lots of different rhythms from all over the world. I recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn how to play the frame drum, or add new rhythms to their repertoire! - Nienke

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Great teaching style

barry deville

From my point of view Yousif is not just a great musician -- if anything, he is an even better teacher. He communicates so much about the embodiment of the r...

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From my point of view Yousif is not just a great musician -- if anything, he is an even better teacher. He communicates so much about the embodiment of the rhythm and this is a unique skill, uniquely presented and the material is received with a great deal of satisfaction, enjoyment ... and effectiveness!! Bravo!!!

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5 star rating

Great way to start learning frame drums

Fabian Torres

It was a great experience, totally recommended. More than I was expecting, love the Velez style, ratios, and coordination with the feet. Looking forward 102!

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It was a great experience, totally recommended. More than I was expecting, love the Velez style, ratios, and coordination with the feet. Looking forward 102!

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Good Mixture

Gitti Sardari

I enjoyed the course very much, it was a good mixture of techniques, grooves, exercises... thank you!

I enjoyed the course very much, it was a good mixture of techniques, grooves, exercises... thank you!

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Frame Drums 101

Sally Swan

The videos and the pdf worksheets are well organized, paced, and very helpful. I am enjoying this course very much. Thank you for offering it.

The videos and the pdf worksheets are well organized, paced, and very helpful. I am enjoying this course very much. Thank you for offering it.

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5 star rating

This is a Cool School!

Jim Campbell

The instructional videos are clear and concise. You can move at your own pace with the flexibility to either focus or move on. This course is enlightening, e...

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The instructional videos are clear and concise. You can move at your own pace with the flexibility to either focus or move on. This course is enlightening, empowering, and plain fun!

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Very informative and helpful

Lisa Sherman

I have been playing the frame drum occasionally for five years and would put myself at an intermediate level of playing. Even though the course is titled 10...

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I have been playing the frame drum occasionally for five years and would put myself at an intermediate level of playing. Even though the course is titled 101, there is a lot of material here for all levels to work with. I particularly liked having a progression of tecnhiques to work with, and playing along with the videos is also very helpful. I am hoping there is a 201 class in the works!

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Week 1 lap style

kadijah photiades

a great overall intro to hand positions.. well communicated and nice slight variations to keep our interest,

a great overall intro to hand positions.. well communicated and nice slight variations to keep our interest,

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Extremely Useful

Ivan Gianakis

Perfect collection of videos for the absolute beginner and the intermediate player who just want to re-learn a couple of things, discover new rhythms and pol...

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Perfect collection of videos for the absolute beginner and the intermediate player who just want to re-learn a couple of things, discover new rhythms and polish his/her technique. The groove basket section just opens up a lot of possibility and ideas which I personally found amazing. Thanks Yousif!

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Very content

Irina Mitrea

Very good author, calm, capable, good explanations, with emphasis on practice. I'm grateful!

Very good author, calm, capable, good explanations, with emphasis on practice. I'm grateful!

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5 star rating

Nicely done!

Brian Nozny

Great course that offers a slower pace for the beginner while also offering more advanced ideas for more experienced players. Well worth it!

Great course that offers a slower pace for the beginner while also offering more advanced ideas for more experienced players. Well worth it!

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5 star rating

GREAT COURSE!

Yiang Shan Sng

Amazing and easy to follow videos and instructions. :)

Amazing and easy to follow videos and instructions. :)

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5 star rating

Frame Drums 101 is great!

William Blanchard

Once I've digested all this material, I might be looking for Frame Drums 201? Thanks a lot

Once I've digested all this material, I might be looking for Frame Drums 201? Thanks a lot

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Moving into week 10

barbara flach

Awesome content. I’ve been playing for yrs. but still learning a lot

Awesome content. I’ve been playing for yrs. but still learning a lot

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1 - Lap Style

  • 2

    Week 2 - Lap Style

    • Week 2 Worksheet

    • Call and Response 1

    • Ratio Exercise 3:2

    • Groove: Week 2

  • 3

    Week 3 - Lap Style

    • Week 3 Workheet

    • Exercise: Tek Reduction with Vocalizations

    • Call and Response 2

    • Ratio Exercise 4:3

    • Groove: Sama'i

  • 4

    Week 4 - Lap Style

    • Week 4 Worksheet

    • Technique: Split Hand

    • Exercises: Split Hand

    • Ratio Exercise: 2 and 4

    • Exercise: Jamey 5

  • 5

    Week 5 - Lap Style

    • Week 5 Worksheet

    • Call and Response 3

    • Ratio 5:3

    • Groove: Split Hand

    • Technique/Groove: Snapping

  • 6

    Week 6 - Lap Style

    • Week 6 Worksheet

    • Ratio Exercise 2, 4 and 5

    • Groove: Snapping

    • Groove: With Brush

    • Ratio Exercise 7:3

    • Ratio Exercise 2, 4, 5 and 7

  • 7

    Week 7 - Hand Held

    • Week 7 Worksheet

    • Technique: Holding, Dum, Tek and Pah

    • Exercise: Tek Reduction Extended

    • Maksoum

  • 8

    Week 8 - Hand Held

    • Week 8 Worksheet

    • Call and Response: Stepping 1

    • Technique and Exercise: Left Hand Pah

    • Ratio: Stepping 2:3

    • Groove: Glen Velez 5

  • 9

    Week 9 - Hand Held

    • Week 9 Worksheet

    • Call and Response: Stepping 2

    • Technique: Glen Velez Fast Fingerings

    • Ratio: Stepping 4:3

  • 10

    Week 10 - Hand Held

    • Week 10 Worksheet

    • Call and Response: Stepping 3

    • Exercise: Glen Velez Fast Fingering

    • Groove: Week 10 Groove

  • 11

    Week 11 - Hand Held

    • Week 11 Worksheet

    • Ratio: 7 against 2, 3 and 4

    • Ratio: Stepping 5:2

    • Exercise and Groove: 8 Beat Fast Finger Fill

  • 12

    Week 12 - Hand Held

    • Week 12 Worksheet

    • Groove: 7 with Fast Fingerings

    • Ratio: Stepping 5:4

    • Groove: Multi-Technique Groove

  • 13

    Final Exam - MANHATTAN AVE.

    • Performance Details

    • Performance Video

  • 14

    GROOVE BASKET

    • South Indian Groove - Lap Style

    • Rock Groove - Hand Held

    • Moroccan 6/8

    • Agbekor Bell

    • Tar - 7 Beat Cycle

    • Argentinean Groove

    • Partido Alto

    • 5 Beat Triplet Groove

    • Gypsy Koshlama

    • 32 Snap Dum

    • Left Pah 5

    • 6 Beat Hand Held Groove

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About the instructor

Yousif Sheronick

Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails Yousif for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”. Of Lebanese descent, Yousif was recently featured in Drum! Magazine highlighting his versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.In demand as an educator, Yousif teaches private lessons and classes at his home in New York and has conducted residencies and master classes at top universities including Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.Yousif’s unique skills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.A major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music, Yousif has had the luxury of working with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.As a composer and arranger Yousif has contributed several solo and ensemble works resulting in performances of his music around the world. He has arranged several parts for his collaboration with the Lark Quartet including John Adams’ “Book of Alleged Dances” which was released on Bridge Records. His producing credits include a solo CD and two instructional DVDs. “A testimony to his genius” raves Modern Drummer Magazine about Yousif’s CD Silk Thread, and Rhythm Magazine (UK) says Yousif’s Riq Instructional DVD “is a must to uncover the mysteries of this ancient instrument.” He has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.Yousif gratefully endorses products from Cooperman Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Mallets and Pearl/Adams.Visit his website at:  yousifsheronick.com